With the legalization of cannabis taking effect on Oct. 17, Lethbridge residents can refer to www.lethbridge.ca/cannabis for information and links to provincial and federal resources regarding:
- Cannabis consumption: What you need to know
- Local preparation for cannabis legalization
- Requirements for cannabis retailers
- Background on cannabis legalization
At this point, the City of Lethbridge is not introducing additional public consumption regulations as the combination of the Alberta Tobacco & Smoking Reduction Act and the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act & Regulation set out restrictions on cannabis consumption within enclosed public spaces and prescribed distances from certain outdoor public places.
These provincial restrictions are more stringent than those within current municipal bylaws such as the Smoking Bylaw and the Parks Bylaw. The province has the authority to introduce additional regulations to address any regulatory gaps that may be identified. At the municipal level, we will monitor the local implications of cannabis legalization to determine whether any additional measures are required.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge